"Eagles, Swastikas, Victims" (1968)

"Eagles, Swastikas, Victims," 1968
Gouache and ink on paper, 24 x 36 inches. Photo by David Reynolds.
© Nancy Spero, courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"It’s horrific, trying to show the insanity and brutality of war. I couldn’t do it in a realistic fashion so it got kind of surreal. Even though I was responding to Vietnam, all these grotesques- these surreal images- are my response to war. That was my subject matter, and it still is. For the most part, one wouldn’t realize it was about Vietnam. You know, as they say, "It’s art because I say so," so it’s Vietnam because I say so, or Iraq because I say so."

- Nancy Spero